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We invite future teachers who are interested in making a positive difference in the world. Social studies education cultivates the ways students conceive of their own place in history, position in the economy, their effect in civic spaces, and their notions of belonging.

Along with learning effective strategies for teaching to middle and high school students, our programs explore several topics within social studies. These include:

  • History
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Politics

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)

Dual Degrees

Master of Education (MEd)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts (MA)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Social Studies Education Review

Journal cover This journal, sponsored by the Georgia Council for Social Studies and hosted by the University of Georgia, began in 1969 as the Georgia Social Science Journal, and served Georgia's social studies teachers by providing practical applications and research.

The Social Studies Education Review is an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to foster critical discussion of teaching and learning in PreK-16 social studies. We understand social studies to include various disciplinary strands (history, economics, geography, political science) as well as social education (learning about self in relation to others in communities large and small). We are particularly interested in work that acknowledges and examines the interplay of contexts (discursive, socio-cultural, political, structural) as they shape possibilities for powerful social studies learning for all students. We are also always enthusiastic about empirical work focusing on the younger grades! We invite three types of submissions: inquiries, reflections, and tools. Email the editors for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Paige Betts

  • Program Coordinator II

Todd Dinkelman

  • Associate Professor

H. James Garrett

  • Associate Professor
  • On-Site Instructor

Sonia Janis

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Professor-in-Residence
  • Assistant Director

Mardi Schmeichel

  • Associate Professor
  • On-Site Instructor

Contact Us

630 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602